In every election, decisions are made that will impact your life, your family, and your community for decades to come. When elections occur, every vote should be counted, and every voice should be heard. As the late Congressman John Lewis said, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool in our democracy.” For years, activists have tirelessly fought for the right to vote. Precinct One believes it is our responsibility to ensure that this sacred right and important tool for change is protected for everyone.
We cannot fully ensure that all residents have access to the ballot box if we do not move away from old systems meant to disenfranchise communities of color. This is why Precinct One proposed creating an Office of the Elections Administrator for Harris County. By creating the Harris County Elections Administrator office, the county is appropriately elevating the importance of elections and demonstrating the vital need to have those elections expertly overseen. Splitting our county’s election duties between two offices, as we have previously done, prevents the ability to streamline the electoral process and does not allow for our elections to be a year-round priority.